Triple Board Program


Welcome to Tulane Triple Board: Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry!

We would like to tell you about triple board training in general and at Tulane, our residents, our faculty, the three departments, the city, post-Katrina training.

What is triple board training?

Triple Board Residents train in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ("Triple Board Program") to become skilled physicians who integrate the clinical knowledge and skills of pediatrics and psychiatry to provide outstanding clinical care for children and their families. In five years, Triple Boarders become board-eligible in all three disciplines and can practice in any of the three. More importantly, Triple Boarders often use this combined training to develop unique career paths that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Why Tulane Triple Board?

Tulane combines the unique strengths of Tulane and opportunities of New Orleans with the 25+ year history of triple board training in the country. Our residents, faculty, the departments, the unique curricular innovations, and our city create an incredible environment for learning to provide comprehensive medical and mental health care to children and their families.

Our extraordinary Tulane Triple Board Residents

It's hard to say there is a "typical" Tulane Triple Board Resident - our residents are as diverse and unique as the opportunities that this innovative training presents! But, they share some important characteristics. They are smart, motivated, energetic physicians. They go the extra mile to care for their patients. Tulane's Triple Boarders embrace the adventure of shaping the newest Triple Board program, take ownership of their educational experiences, and are truly team players. Most importantly, they do all this while balancing their professional lives with the non-medical side of life.

Our faculty

Tulane's faculty includes triple board graduates and an accomplished and diverse group of pediatricians, general psychiatrists, and child adolescent psychiatrists, who work in true collaboration with psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and other health professionals in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. These faculty are:

  • Dedicated clinicians
  • Talented teachers who have earned multiple departmental and university teaching awards
  • Widely recognized child and family advocates
  • Effective policy makers
  • Experts in public health
  • Internationally recognized researchers in such diverse areas as early childhood mental health, genetics, congenital renal disease, tuberculosis, and pediatric HIV. Tulane ranks in the top third of federal funding for pediatric research. Child Psychiatry faculty members receive funding from NIMH, SAMHSA, and the MacArthur Foundation.

The Three Departments

Triple Board training depends upon collaboration among the three disciplines of pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry (CAP).

The pediatrics training environment at Tulane provides one of the most diverse residency experiences in the country. Residents are exposed to a variety of primary and tertiary health care systems, including community outreach settings like a drop-in clinic, private hospitals and Tulane Medical Center.

The general psychiatry also experience provides clinical opportunities in public mental health settings, private inpatient settings, work with veterans, and growing telepsychiatry practice. The diversity of patient populations our residents treat is extraordinary - residents treat patients from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status, urban/rural, and levels of psychiatric impairment. Working in post-Katrina New Orleans provides training with trauma-exposed patients in all of these settings.

In CAP training experiences, residents expand their assessment and treatment skills. We believe that child mental health problems can be best understood with an understanding the biological underpinnings of disorders, the psychological factors that exacerbate the disturbance or provide resilience, and the protective and risk factors in the family and social context. Our residents learn to apply this integrated approach working in inpatient and community settings, with children from infancy through adolescence.

Importantly, these three disciplines work together closely in the Triple Board training program and experiences in each discipline enhance the learning in the others. Tulane has a history of collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries even before the Triple Board Program began- many faculty members have joint appointments in CAP and pediatrics. Tulane also has a long history of combined residency programs - Medicine-Pediatrics, Medicine-Psychiatry programs have been established at Tulane for decades, creating a longstanding track record of interdepartmental collaboration!

Triple Board Curricular Innovations

  • Triple board faculty - learn from triple-board trained attendings and nationally recognized categorically trained pediatricians, psychiatrists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Triple Board Clinic - Pediatric continuity clinic with supervision for physical and psychiatric issues by Pediatric and Triple Board attendings
  • Triple Board mentorship from day one!
  • Triple Board lunches - regular lunches with residents and faculty
  • Triple Board retreat - meet with triple board faculty, training directors, heads of each department and all residents to review the program and shape its future
  • Triple Board Journal Club - discuss triple-board relevant articles with triple board faculty

The City

For more than 300 years, New Orleans has been a bastion of culture and diversity, and that definitely continues today. Where else in the U.S. can one find a city, steeped in history and flavored with elements of French, Spanish, Caribbean, African and Southern American cultures?

New Orleans French Quarter

It is one of the world's great cities, featuring great visual and performing arts, incredible music, elaborate festivals, tasty food, year-round outdoor activities, professional sports or just the freedom to find yourself, no city matches New Orleans. In addition to being a city of unique character, New Orleans is also a renewed city: the schools are new and improved, housing is more than available, food is unparalleled and the festivals march on proudly.

Post-Katrina Training

Post-Katrina New Orleans offers new adventures and opportunities for residency training. This natural and engineering disaster created opportunities for new approaches to medical service delivery and highlighted the need for access to mental health care. Triple Boarders join in the recovery process and have the skills to participate in unique ways. Residents in the Tulane Triple Board program learn to see patients in a wide range of community settings and complete the program with the skills to see patients anywhere they want.

Bottom Line: Tulane Triple Board residency gives new doctors experiences that nurture and support their development into well-rounded, broadly thinking Triple Board physicians. Our commitment to your development of autonomy, responsibility, stewardship, and a sense of social justice are the pillars of the Tulane approach. If you want to be part of our community of scholars, if you are passionate about helping children and families, and if you want to work in supportive, stimulating and diverse clinical settings in a collegial interdisciplinary environment, you may be Tulane Triple Boarder!